A/N: I am extremely sorry for the delay in the final chapter. I was in a cast for a couple weeks and then ended up with a blood clot so I've been dealing with all the fun that that entails. As a result, I'm not sure that this is the best final chapter, but I wanted to make sure that this had a proper ending. Thanks to all who stuck through my erratic updates. I present to you, the final chapter...
A few weeks later and Chloe found herself cleaning out her locker. She had been putting off doing so for as long as possible but now that basketball season was underway, the women's team needed the space. Barden had made the NCAA tournament and had advanced to the round of 16, the farthest any Barden team had advanced before. But they fell in the sweet sixteen to the eventual national champs, Messiah University. It was a tough loss for the girls to swallow. They knew they were the underdogs going into the match but they felt like they had a decent chance. Unfortunately, Messiah had scored early into the game and Barden was never able to recover, despite a few close scoring opportunities. While the underclassmen knew that they'd have another chance next year, it was the seniors' last chance at a national title.
As Chloe packer her bag she thought back on her four years on the team. She had made so many great friends throughout her time on the team. She knew she wouldn't remain friends with all of them forever, but she also knew that the bond she had formed with her teammates was a tight one. Chloe couldn't help but smile as she thought about the friendship she had formed all those years ago with Aubrey. They had been through so much together. Four preseasons, four tournament runs, and a hell of a lot in between. Without Aubrey, Chloe knew that she wouldn't be the player or the person she was now. Her and Aubrey had always talked about going out on top, national champs. While Chloe came to the realization that that didn't happen, she was still proud of all that they had accomplished together in their time on the team.
Having spent her whole life playing sports, Chloe knew that she would form some great friendships with her teammates. She had never expected to fall in love with one of them though. Sure, Chloe didn't win a national title, but she sure felt like she had in finding Beca. From the moment they met Chloe knew that there was something about the freshman. She was instantly attracted to Beca's passion and commitment to the game. She loved the relationship they had formed on the field, their back and forth banter at practice was something Chloe looked forward to each day. She also enjoyed watching Beca come into her own as a leader on the team. She knew that with Beca on the team, that the girls had a great shot at a national championship in the next few years.
As Chloe finished cleaning out her locker, the girl in question came into the locker room and took a seat near Chloe. Beca didn't say anything, she knew that this must be tough for Chloe. Instead she let the senior be, providing support in her silence. This was just another thing that Chloe loved about her girlfriend. Conversation was never forced between the two. Somehow, they always understood exactly what the other needed. After Chloe zipped her bag she sunk onto the bench next to Beca, letting out a long sigh as she rested her head on the younger girl's shoulder.
"Yeah, just sucks. I knew this day was inevitable but still..."
Beca didn't say anything after that, instead letting Chloe continue to use her as a head rest. It wasn't until a few minutes later that Chloe sat up and turned towards her girlfriend.
"You know, I'm okay knowing that I didn't win it all."
"Yeah. If not winning it all means that I get to call you my girlfriend, then that's fine by me."
Beca was momentarily taken aback by Chloe's words. She knew that the girl sitting in front of her loved her, but the sincerity in Chloe's voice took Beca by surprise. She had never felt as close to someone as she had to Chloe. The redhead had her whole heart and while that should have scared Beca, she trusted her completely. The two had been through a lot together, both on and off the field. She knew that she was only a freshman and that she still has three years of college left, but Beca could honestly see herself in this exact spot three years later, Beca the senior, packing up her stuff, while Chloe sat by offering support. She had confidence that her and Chloe would still be together then. She saw Chloe in her future. She saw Chloe as her future. The only difference being that Beca hoped she was national champion.
As Beca leaned in and captured Chloe's lips with her own, she let herself revel in the bittersweet moment. Their season had ended but their relationship was still just beginning. After a few minutes Chloe pulled back. She stood up and grabbed Beca's hand, pulling her out of the locker room.
"Chlo, where are we going?"
"Remember when I said you'd never score on me?" Chloe asked with a sly grin on her face.
"Well, it's about time we change that."